Friday, January 30, 2015
CD Review: Opera great Rose Kingsley Sings Standards On Her New CD "This Is My Life"
I am sure many of you know Rose Kingsley A/K/A "Simply Rose" as one of the world's most celebrated opera singers. Rose, a soprano, performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera for 15 years. Rose has been singing Opera throughout Europe to rave reviews for many years. She has appeared in concert with Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. After years of exploring her four octave range, Rose decided it was long overdue for her to explore her more intimate side and decided to record some of her all-time favorite standards in Jazz form. According to Rose, "My goal was to find songs that really come from my soul and that affected me emotionally. Some I had sung before, and had not. They're tunes that touched me that I felt could have the same impact on an audience. How right she was! Rose sings the 12 classic standards on this CD with intimacy and emotional understanding of the lyrics. Her phrasing is perfect and all hers. Don't expect to hear what we normally hear from female Jazz vocalists, Rose goes her own way with her unique singing style. The songs she selected for this CD generate great intimate emotion and as I was listening I became more and more under her spell. The lyrics will move you greatly as they did me. Who knew an Opera singer could also reach this level excellent of Jazz vocals. Well, Rose Kingsley knew and she is sharing her inner-self with everyone on her first Jazz vocal CD.
Rose has put together the perfect trio of accomplished musicians to back her on her debut CD. The trio is led by musical director and superb piano player, Bob Corwin. Bob is sought out by the best singers in the business and he served as Johnny Mercer's longtime accompanist for years. In addition, he has been a Musical Director for Jazz legends Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day and Peggy Lee. Desert favorite Danny Flahive is on upright Bass and Doug Dean is on Drums and Percussion.
"This is My Life" from "Simply Rose" is an excellent CD that any lover of intimate ballads from the "Great American Songbook" will love.
1. "Here's To Life" 2. "Over The Rainbow"
3. "Come In From The Rain" 4. "Don't Cry Out Loud"
5. "Send In The Clowns" 6. "Can't Help Loving That Man Of Mine"
7. "Cry Me A River" 8. "The Man That Got Away"
9. "One For My Baby" 10. "In The Wee Small Hours"
11. "Where Do You Start" 12. "This Is My Life"
You can listen to Rose signing songs from her CD on her website: http://www.simplyrose.info/
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